Sri Sambuddhathva Jayanthi:
Buddhism promotes global peace and harmony
Sakyamuni Siddhartha Gautama, the symbol of wisdom, with the power of
his superior mind made the supreme sacrifice for liberation of mankind.
He with his intellectual struggle discovered the universal truth that
there is nothing permanent anywhere in the universe. He found that all
component things are transient. This is the revolutionary message that
He proclaimed to the world.
His only wish was the happiness and welfare of all beings in their
upward path of Nibbana. He did success in this noble task which
Sakyamuni Thathagatha, the Perfect One, is not alive but His
teachings are. It is being upheld by the Buddhist world. Going through
pages of early history Emperor Asoka during his reign of forty-years
established Buddhism as an international ideal of life and later it
spread almost in three-fourth of the world. First in the Indian
subcontinent and subsequently in the lands of Sri Lanka, West Asia,
Burma, Nepal and from these countries Buddhism spread to the whole of
Asia, according to Rastrapal Maha Thera. Out of all these countries Sri
Lanka is holding the pride of preserving Buddha Sasana for a long time.
For centuries this paradise isle was illumined with the light of Dhamma
so much so it was called Dharmadweepa.
Sri Lanka claims the distinction of being the first country to
preserve Buddhism. Here in Sri Lanka Buddhism, is as old as the Buddha
Himself it has lasted for 2600 years marking Sambuddhathva Jayanthi
scheduled to be held in all its glory and splendour, not only islandwide
but also in many parts of the globe. The noble teachings were carried to
its conclusion by the then galaxy of patrons of Buddhism who were able
to convey it to the Western world.
Anagarika Dharmapala was the most prominent among them. He delivered
a stunning speech at the Congress of Religions held in Chicago in 1891.
Prof. G.P. Malalasekera who pioneered the World Fellowship of Buddhist
formed in May 1950 representing Europe, Asia and North America was a
remarkable achievement in the propagation of the Dhamma. Almost of the
same time, erudite scholarly bhikkhus such as Most Venerable Pelane
Vajragnana, Narada, Madihe Pannaseeha, Ananda Maithriya were involved in
the noble task of sending Dhamma missionaries abroad. The Theravada
Vihara in the U.S.A. was founded by Madihe Pannaseeha Nayaka Thera with
the untiring efforts of the then Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake. This
is just one example out of many such events. In 1954 a Dhamma Sangayana
too was held in Burma.
The next noble thought set forth to success was the setting up of the
Berlin temple. The pioneering Buddhist mission led by the German
Dharmadutha Society provided the enthusiastic German citizens with the
opportunity of embracing Buddhism. Today this longest and oldest
Theravada Buddhist Centre in Europe is preparing to celebrate the
Sambuddhathva Jayanthi through a series of religious programmes. A
workshop is to be conducted on meditation techniques, to be followed by
a meditation retreat. It is said that meditation has become very popular
in Ceremony. Bookshops and book stalls filled with Buddhist Literature
reflect the deep concern in popularising Buddhism. Not only Germany but
also other European countries are making arrangements to commemorate the
occasion. The Sri Lankan Sangha Sabha in UK after a series of meetings
held in Latchworth and London long before the event is playing an active
role in organising Buddhist ceremonies for the devout Buddhists there,
to worship and pray and get the blessings of the Triple Gem. Similar
meetings were held in the U.S., Canada, France, Russia, Norway, and
It is believed that 16 countries with a global reputation of having a
good mind and heart for the propagation of the subtime teachings of the
Blessed one, will be deeply involved in various Dhamma activities in
view of the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi. Eight countries including Norway,
Iceland, Russia and Indonesia in the east have agreed to build temples
in enhancing the religious significance of the sacred event. In addition
they will also host a variety of celebrations to mark the grand
Some are expected to participate in the International Buddhist
Conferences hosted by Sri Lanka. The current issues, the intended
solutions and the contribution made to spread the essence of Buddhism
throughout the globe will be highlighted at the above meetings. Hence
these gatherings plus the entire Sambuddhathva Jayanthi will unify the
masses in the globe into a disciplined one emphasising the oneness of
global Buddhist society for promotion of peace, tolerance and compassion
and protection of human rights, Buddhism has stood for.
May the universal love advocated by the Great Master spread among all
members of the human family throughout the globe.